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French President François Hollande. EFE/File French President Hollande Will Travel to Cuba

French President François Hollande. EFE/File Paris, Mar 3 (EFE).- French President François Hollande will travel to Cuba on May 11, the first visit by a French head of state to the Latin American country, the Elysee Palace, the French presidential residence, announced Tuesday.   "The visit of the president of the republic to Cuba on May 11 will constitute the first time a French hea...

Source: Wikimedia Commons U.S. and Cuban Farmers Essential to Diplomatic Efforts

A Cuban Farmer. Source: Flickr Havana, Mar 2 (EFE).- Almost 100 U.S. agri-businessmen visiting Cuba on Monday supported an end to the embargo on the island and said they were ready to push the productive sector there, one of the economy's most acute needs given that Cuba spends $2 billion per year to import food. The businessmen are representatives of the U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cub...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Broadcaster Rush Limbaugh is Not Moving to Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Back in March 2010, the conservative and controversial radio host Rush Limbaugh mentioned his intention of coming to Costa Rica if and when the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare,” would be enacted. Mr. Limbaugh actually set a date for this move, which would ostensibly take place a few days from today. To wit, we have this recent conversation on Twitter: ...

Supporters of President Maduro rally in Caracas EFE/AGENCIA VENEZOLANA DE NOTICIAS/ President of Venezuela Alleges Conspiracy by the U.S.

Supporters of President Maduro rally in Caracas EFE/AGENCIA VENEZOLANA DE NOTICIAS/ Caracas, Feb 28 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday ordered the United States, whose government he accuses of conspiring against him, to immediately reduce the staff of its Caracas embassy from approximately 100 to a level similar to the 20 that his government has in Washington.   ...

Cuba U.S. Embassy in Cuba Planned Before Summit of the Americas

Washington, Feb 27 (EFE).- The U.S. government is optimistic about the prospects of reaching an agreement with Cuba to re-open embassies before April's Summit of the Americas in Panama, Washington's chief negotiator in talks with Havana said Friday. "I do think we can get this done in time for the Summit of the Americas," Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson said after discussions in W...

China extended loans worth $22.1 billion to Latin America in 2014, topping the $20 billion lent by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank combined. EFE/File $22.1 Billion in Chinese Loans to Latin America in 2014

China extended loans worth $22.1 billion to Latin America in 2014, topping the $20 billion lent by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank combined. EFE/File Washington, Feb 27 (EFE).- China extended loans worth $22.1 billion to Latin America in 2014, topping the $20 billion lent by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank combined, according to a report from a Was...

Mogadishu - Wikimedia Commons U.S. Nominates First Ambassador to Somalia in 24 Years

Mogadishu - Wikimedia Commons President Barack Obama has named seasoned diplomat Katherine Dhanani as the new ambassador to the African nation of Somalia after 24 years. According to the U.S. State department, they are planning to reopen the Embassy in Somalia's capital city, Mogadishu. The relationship between U.S. and Somalia got deteriorated in the beginning of 1990s as riots engulfed the p...

Wikimedia Commons John Kerry Remembers First Visit to Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons As part of the ongoing bilateral relations between Costa Rica and the United States, our Minister of Foreign Affairs recently visited the White House and met with his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Two of the topics currently being discussed between these two nations include economic development and matters related to sustainable energy production. The follo...

Wikimedia Commons Once Again, Press Freedom Prevails in Costa Rica

Two recent attempts by government officials to undermine press freedom in Costa Rica were thwarted by competent legislative and judicial officials. One case involves access to government information that should be made available with full transparency, and the other involves undue snooping on journalists by law enforcement agents with the help of a former communications monopoly that used to be co...

David Rivera Shady Miami Power Players Used Costa Rica as Safe Passage

David Rivera Tenuous security controls at the Peñas Blancas border crossing checkpoint between Costa Rica and Nicaragua helped a controversial former Member of the United States Congress and a close associate hide from the law. David Rivera represented South Florida's 25th District from 2011 to 2013; his controversial background includes allegations of setting up a shadow reelection campaign w...

Source: Focus Features How Costa Rica Helped the CIA Smuggle Cocaine, Now on DVD

Source: Focus Features A penetrating film that deals with a very delicate, yet factual and historic, Cold War narrative, is now available on DVD. Kill the Messenger was modestly released to regional audiences in the United States last year; it has received positive reviews thanks to actor Jeremy Renner's powerful performance as the late journalist Gary Webb. Kill the Messenger is based on t...

Jairo Mora loved to teach children about nature. Wikimedia Commons Jairo Mora Becomes a Political Issue in Costa Rica

Source: Ricardo Retana - Twitter The participation of a top-level public official in the recent march in memory of Jairo Mora has become the subject of political controversy. As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star: With picket signs, banners, slogans, songs, and a general feeling of indignation, a march in memory of slain environmentalist Jairo Mora took place in San Jose on Thursday, ...

Costa Rica Hand Gun Pistol The Right to Bear Arms, But Not Beer, In Costa Rica

Source: Flick Commons Carry a beer, lose your gun. In essence, such is the gist of a new rule promulgated by the Ministry of Public Security in Costa Rica. According to a news report filed by Jason Torres of online news daily CRHoy.com, the new rule calls for law enforcement officers in Costa Rica to confiscate weapons and the actual permit to bear arms from individuals are determined to be in...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Sorry Monsanto, Costa Rica Still Doesn’t Like You

An anti-GMO activist in San Francisco. Source: Wikimedia Commons In Costa Rica, the fight against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) deemed to be dangerous for the soil and thereby the ecosystem has been resolute and systematic. Over the last three years, The Costa Rica Star has been reporting on the fight against the use of potentially harmful transgenics in agriculture, particularly th...

Source: MSP US Donates Watercraft to Protect Costa Rica’s Borders

Source: MSP Earlier this month, the Ministry of Public Security (Spanish initials: MSP) held a special ceremony in Isla Calero that served two purposes: The commemoration of fallen Fuerza Publica officers who died in the line of duty, plus the announcement of a significant donation made by the United States government to augment border security. Through a security cooperation agreement, the...

Source: RREE President of Costa Rica Promises Transparency with China

Source: RREE Speaking from Beijing on January 8th, President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera used strong words to describe his new foreign policy as it relates to the unprecedented and massive economic agreement between the Republic of Costa Rica and the  People’s Republic of China (PRC). As published in a communiqué issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:   “We are not here to talk ab...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Legislator Defends “Costa Rica is Repulsive” Comment

Source: Wikimedia Commons Ligia Fallas, a legislator who represents the Caribbean city of Limon under the Frente Amplio (Broad Front) political party, is standing her ground with regard to a derogatory comment she made about Costa Rica in reaction to a port construction project. Last week, Legislator Fallas took to social network Twitter to express her dissatisfaction over the approval given t...

Pregnant Immigration Fail in Costa Rica: Woman Denied Health Care

A draconian situation in Costa Rica was recently reported by Jimena Soto of online news daily CRHoy.com, and it involves a denial of public health care to a foreign woman who is pregnant with the child of her husband of four years, who happens to be a Costa Rican citizen.   According to the news report, the husband of the Nicaraguan woman who was summarily denied benefits by La Caja,  C...

NiNis The Marginalized NiNi Generation in Costa Rica

They are young, undereducated, unemployed, and disenfranchised. In Costa Rica and other parts of Latin America, they are known as the NiNis, an abbreviated portmanteau of “ni studio, ni trabajo,” which translates into “I don’t study and don’t have a job.” The number of NiNis has been on the rise since 2010, and this has prompted public officials and researchers to take a closer look at this worris...

Current crossing point at Penas Blancas New Bridge Facilitates Illegal Immigration Into Costa Rica

The future border crossing checkpoint at the Tablillas community of Los Chiles, in the northern region of the Alajuela province, will not be operational until April 2015. Nonetheless, this formality does not seem to stop illegal immigrants from taking advantage of the new bridge on the Nicaraguan side of the border to illegally cross into Costa Rica. According to a recent news article reported ...